We love to go birding! Central New Mexico Audubon offers weekend and weekday trips to members and nonmembers alike. All field trips are FREE and anyone is welcome! In addition, we have birding opportunities from other organizations posted here!

You can also view a calendar of trips by visiting our “Calendar” page.

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Thursday Birders

Thursday Birders meet almost every Thursday in Albuquerque. You don’t need to let the leader know you will be attending – just show up at the meeting spot no later than the specified time. If you have any questions email or call the trip leader for that particular day.

February 15

Open Space Visitor Center

Walk in the Open Space Visitor Center and nearby bosque with Susan Chaudoir: 985-302-2878, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the center’s parking lot on the east side of Coors Boulevard. The entrance road, Bosque Meadows Road, is located north of Montano Road and south of Paseo del Norte. It will be a two-mile walk ending before noon.

February 22

Willow Creek Bosque

Walk in the Willow Creek Bosque in the Rio Rancho Bosque Open Space with Becky Purvis: 505-930-3424, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot. For people not living on the west side of the river, go north on I-25 and take the exit to Bernalillo/US 550. Drive west on 550 to the traffic light at NM 528. Turn south on 528 for 1.8 miles. Turn east at the traffic light on Willow Creek Road. Drive three blocks to the entrance just past Spruce Mountain Loop. Turn left on an unpaved road that follows an arroyo to the parking lot. The one-mile walk will end before noon.

March 1

Valle de Oro NWR

Visit Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley with Becky Purvis: 505- 930-3424, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking area on 2nd Street by the refuge sign. To reach the refuge, drive south on I-25 and take the Rio Bravo exit. Because of the road construction on 2nd Street, it is easier to go south on Broadway 2.5 miles to Desert Road. Turn west on Desert Road to 2nd Street, and go south on 2nd Street to Valle de Oro NWR. The group will drive to different areas of the refuge and walk about a mile. The trip will end before noon. (Driving directions updated 2/23/18)

March 8

Corrales Bosque

Walk in the Corrales bosque with Perrianne Houghton: 505-321-2015, Meet at 8:50 a.m. for a 9:00 departure from the shopping area north of Alameda Road/NM 528 and east of Corrales Road/NM 448. Park by the Boxing Bear Brewing Company where parking is not restricted. The group will carpool from there to one of the bosque locations. Lunch is planned at Village Pizza in Corrales.

March 15

Poblanos Fields Open Space

Walk the perimeter of Poblanos Fields Open Space with Lannois Neely: 505-890-7881, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the open space parking lot. To reach the parking lot, turn north from Montano Boulevard a short distance onto Tierra Viva Place, east of the Rio Grande River. It will be an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.

March 22

Copper Trailhead Open Space

Hike the Copper Trailhead Open Space at the east end of Copper Avenue NE, east of Tramway Boulevard, in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains with Barbara Hussey: 505-385-1165, Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the small parking area. There is also parking along Copper. The one-mile walk winds uphill and downhill on disintegrating granite, so a walking stick might be helpful. The walk will end before noon.

March 29

Pueblo Montano Open Space

Walk in the Pueblo Montano Open Space with Pauline and Bernie Morris: 505-369-1227, Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the south side of Montano Road and east side of Coors Boulevard. There is an entrance from both of those roads. It will be an easy two-mile walk ending before noon.

April 5

Pena Blanca, NM & Cochiti Lake

Drive to Pena Blanca, NM, and Cochiti Lake with Judy Liddell: 505-220-7998, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the middle of the parking lot in the Far North Shopping Center on the east side of San Mateo and north of Academy Boulevard. Carpooling is encouraged since it could be worrisome to the residents of Pena Blanca to have a caravan driving through their village. If you want to meet the group west of I-25 on NM 22 to Santo Domingo and Pena Blanca, contact Judy before April 3. Bring lunch. The trip should end in the mid afternoon. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.

April 12

Tingley Bosque Ponds

Walk around the Tingley bosque ponds with Lefty Arnold: 505-514-9398, Meet at 8:27 a.m. at the north end of the Tingley Beach parking lot. To reach the area, drive west on Central Avenue past Rio Grande Boulevard, turning left on Tingley Drive. Take the first right from Tingley Drive, and then turn right to the dirt overflow parking lot. This leaves the few parking spots by the concession stand for people who want to fish. The walk will be about one mile in length ending before noon.

April 19

Embudito Canyon

Hike Embudito Canyon in the Sandia Mountain foothills with Linda Otterson: 505-280-3123, Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the trailhead parking lot. To reach the canyon, drive east on Montgomery past Tramway, then turn left on Glenwood Hills. Continue 0.4 of a mile, turn right on Trailhead Road and continue to the parking lot. This is an easy 1.5-mile walk ending before noon.

April 26

Belen Marsh & Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area

Travel to the Belen Marsh in Belen, NM, and the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area with Linda Heinze: 505-270-1779, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot behind the Hawthorn Suites on Gibson SE and University Boulevard or 8:30 at the Belen Marsh. To reach the marsh, take the first Belen exit from I-25, Exit 195, drive east one mile, turn south and park in the Taco Bell parking lot. After birding at the marsh, the group will visit the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area on NM 47. Participants are invited to have lunch together at the Bamboo Express located at 143 Hwy 314 in Los Lunas. After lunch the group will stop at “Owlville” near Los Lunas to look for Burrowing Owls. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $3.50 at five cents per mile.

May 3-4

Thursday Birder Birdathon

Participate in the Thursday Birder Birdathon with Rebecca Gracey: 505-242-382, Cell 505-362-5095, The group will be going to Bitter Lake NWR in Roswell, Brantley Lake north of Carlsbad, Rattlesnake Springs, and Slaughter Canyon. The latter two are south of Carlsbad and not as dangerous as their names imply. The money raised by the Birdathon participants will be used by Central New Mexico Audubon Society to purchase signs for the Bill Spring Interpretative Bird Trail near the Doc Long Picnic Area in the Sandia Mountains. The goal of the Birdathon is to see as many bird species as the group can observe in a 24-hour period, see the bird species found in only this part of New Mexico, and to raise money for the interpretative signs. All participants may solicit pledges from their friends and family and/or make a monetary donation themselves. Suggested pledges are $0.25 – $1.00 per bird, or a special pledge of a larger amount for life birds seen. Donations from nonparticipants are welcome. Send your check to CNMAS, PO Box 30002, Albuquerque, NM, 87109.

The Birdathon will start at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, at Bitter Lake NWR where the group will meet. Rebecca can arrange carpooling but otherwise everyone should meet there. From Bitter Lake the group will stop at Brantley Lake for shorebirds, and then on to Rattlesnake Springs where we will bird and eat the picnic dinner we brought. Lastly we will check into the motel for the night. Early the morning of May 4 the group will go to Slaughter Canyon and then return to Washington Ranch near Rattlesnake Springs for birding until 10:00 a.m. when the 24-hour Birdathon period ends.

The closest motel to Rattlesnake Springs and Slaughter Canyon (and the Caverns so it fills up quickly) is the Rodeway Inn located at 6 Carlsbad Highway in Whites City. The number is 575-785-2148. There are many other motels in Carlsbad, 20 miles away. Participants should bring food for two lunches and dinner. If not driving, the shared gas expense is $30 at 5 cents per mile for the 600-mile round trip. Contact Rebecca if you wish to participate.

May 10

Manzano Pond & Quarai NM

Travel to Manzano pond in Manzano, NM, and Quarai National Monument with Bonnie Long: 505-379-1985, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the west side of the Four Hills Village Shopping Center on Central Avenue between Tramway and Juan Tabo NE or meet Bonnie at the intersection of NM 337 and NM 55 at 8:50. Bring lunch. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $5 at five cents per mile.

May 17

Calabacillas Arroyo

Walk in Calabacillas Arroyo with Maurice Mackey: 505-897-0415, The group will meet at 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot that is located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. The area is reached by driving north on Coors, past Paseo Del Norte and Irving Boulevard, turning east on Westside Drive. Westside Drive is the first right 0.28 miles north of Irving Boulevard. Follow Westside Drive about 0.2 of a mile to an open gate on the left. Go through the gate and down the arroyo to the parking area. If driving south on Coors from Corrales or Alameda, get in the left turn lane and turn onto Westside Drive. The walk will end before noon.

May 24

Otero Canyon

Hike in Otero Canyon with Gale Owings: 505-255-8333. Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the parking lot of the Sandia Ranger Station on NM 337 in Tijeras. The group will carpool from there to the Otero Canyon parking lot, 3.3 miles south on NM 337. The 1.5-mile walk is over an uneven trail. The walk will end before noon.

May 31

Ojito de San Antonio Open Space

Visit Ojito de San Antonio Open Space in Cedar Crest with Leah Henzler: 505-280-2085, Meet at 7:50 a.m. for an 8:00 departure from the far west side of the Four Hills Village Shopping Center located on Central Avenue between Juan Tabo and Tramway Boulevard. Parking for the Open Space is just west of the San Antonio de Padua Church. Take the Tijeras/Cedar Crest Exit from I-40, drive north toward Cedar Crest on NM 14 one mile, and make a left turn onto San Antonio Drive just before the church. For those not driving, the shared gas expense is $1 at five cents per mile. Lunch is planned at the Greenside Cafe in Cedar Crest.

If you have any questions about the Thursday Birders trips contact Rebecca Gracey.

CNMAS Field Trips

CNMAS Trips occur irregularly throughout the year on weekends. Notice that some trips are overnight events. Be sure and contact leaders before you attend! Please make sure to contact your leader prior to the trip as plans may change, leaders appreciate it and some trips are limited to a set number of participants. CNMAS and its leaders encourage car-pooling, especially on longer trips.

No field trips are planned for December so birders can participate in local Christmas Bird Counts.

(The schedule for New Mexico counts can be found at

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Rosy-finches and Other Winter Species of the Sandia Mountains

w/ Karen Herzenberg ~ (505) 563-0387

Join Karen Herzenberg to observe all three species of Rosy-finches on Sandia Crest. Depending on the group’s interest, we may spend some time at sites along the Crest Road and/or do a short hike near the Crest House to observe various montane species.

We will meet up at Tramway and Central at the Einstein’s Bagels/UPS parking area in the Four Hills Shopping Center for an 8:30 a.m. departure. We can decide whether to carpool or drive individually. Keep in mind that the Crest Road between the Ski Area and the Crest House can be slick and prepare accordingly. In case of really bad driving conditions and a consequent change of plans, please provide your phone number and email address when registering so that I may contact you.

There is no cost but each vehicle will have to display a federal pass or pay a $3 day use fee (check or cash) and, if carpooling, please help out your driver with gas money. If you will be purchasing food or other items, or donating to Rio Grande Bird Research for bird seed, please remember to bring some money. And please respect the Crest House’s no outside food policy.

To register and for more info, please email or text/call 505-563-0387.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Birding by Boat – Afternoon Float

w/ Kim Score ~

Join Kim Score for an afternoon river trip to view waterfowl wintering along the Rio Grande. We will be on the water for 3.5 hours birding our way through the scenic Corrales bosque. Participants will be floating together in two large rafts along an 8.5-mile stretch of the Middle Rio Grande from the North Corrales bosque to the Alameda bridge.

Target birds include gulls, mergansers, eagles and a variety of goose and duck species. Kim is contracting with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, which will provide the passenger shuttling, two rafts, life vests, and safety and instructional training. Cost per person is $47. Visit their website for more info:

We will meet at 11:45 a.m. at the Quiet Waters office in Bernalillo to begin training and loading up. We will then be shuttled to the starting location for a 1:00 put in. The trip should wrap up by 4:30 p.m. Contact Kim with specific questions at Maximum group limit is 16 people. Please RSVP by Friday, January 12 to reserve your slot. Once you have RSVP’d, Kim will send you a link to pay and register for the trip online with Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures.

If you have any comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise for the CNMAS Field Trips contact the Field Trip Director.

Other Birding Opportunities

But that’s not all, we want to share the love! There are many other groups that organize trips in the New Mexico. Here we have provided a list of field outings sponsored by other organizations.

Rio Grande Nature Center Weekend Bird Walks

Every Saturday & Sunday – 8:30 am

w/ Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park

The FRGNC offers birding trips every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year starting at 8:30 am. Walks are FREE and open to anyone. They start at the Candelaria Wetlands Blind in the Northeast corner of the parking lot at the Rio Grande Nature Center and last from 1 to 3 hours touring the grounds at the Nature Center. Note that there is a parking fee of $3 unless you have a New Mexico State Parks Pass or Friends of the Rio Grande Nature Center pass.

For more information about the Rio Grande Nature Center, visit the friends webpage by clicking here.


Valle de Oro NWR Bird Walks

Every third Saturday of the month

w/ Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge

Every third Saturday of the month Valle de Oro NWR offers two guided bird walks: one for the beginning enthusiast and one for the more advanced birder. The walks are structured depending on participant turn-out and time of year. Since birds and other wildlife are most active early in the morning, the goal is to start within one hour of sunrise. Start times vary; details are on the Events page of the Friends of Valle de Oro website:


Sangre De Cristo Audubon Society Field Trips

Sangre De Cristo Audubon (based in Santa Fe, NM) has regular field trips throughout the year.


Caligo Ventures

Mention Central New Mexico Audubon Society when you sign up for a 2017 trip to Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad for a $100 donation from Caligo Ventures.